Today marks Claire and Rachel’s 15 month birthday, and boy, have we come a long way!
Yesterday we had our 15 month well check at the doctor, and we were all trying to figure out where our little preemies went. Here are the stats on how and what we are doing these days. Take a look at these percentiles! Not bad, considering it took us 12 whole months just to get on the charts!
Claire Ann: The Passionate One
Nickname: Claire Devil (like daredevil)
Height: 30 inches (37th percentile)
Weight: 22 lb, 6.5 oz (44th percentile!!!)
Oh, Claire. How far she has come, from a meager little 3 lb 2 oz not-even-a-baby-yet baby to this laughing, smiling, exciting little girl with a huge zest for life. Claire does everything with a passion. She plays hard, she sleeps hard, she laughs hard, and she pulls hair hard. Very hard. She always has a smile for me in the morning, and loves to meet me at the crib rails to give me a hug before I pick her up. She’s become a bit more snuggly, which I will never complain about. Although she can be a little aggressive at times, she loves her sister dearly, and often tries to give her hugs — by grabbing her shirt and yanking her towards her. But she has the right idea…
Claire is a quick learner the past few months. Aside from Mama and Dada, she can say several words, often picking them up the same day we introduce them to her. She babbles with very complex noises and tonal changes, making gestures as if she has something very important to get across. Her words include hi, bye bye, kitty, doggy, fish, ball, sissy, Sammy, and Trixie (Uncle Scott and Aunt Michelle’s dog in NC), and she also can make animal sounds for kitty, doggy, chicken, sheep, and cow, as well as point to several animals in her books. She says “kitty!” when we get to the O in Dr. Seuss’ ABC book, where it says, “Ostrich, oil, orange owl.” I looked closer at the picture, and yes, the owl looks very much like a kitty, only with feathers and no tail. During a very cranky spell on Sunday, she signed “eat.” Probably the best Father’s Day gift Christian could ask for, and we are excited to do more signing and talking with her. We also predict she will be walking all too soon, as she can stand on her own for several seconds, and will even take a few steps if given the momentum (i.e. if we push her towards each other). She WANTS to stand and often pushes our hands away as we try to hold her up.
She is a big, lovable handful, and we love her to death!
She’s even passionate about this frisbee, and wants to tell you all about it!
Rachel Leigh: The Lover
Nickname: Huggy Bear
Height: 30.25 inches (45th percentile)
Weight: 23 lb 1.5 oz (55th percentile!!!)
You have to love the Huggy Bear. Your heart will melt as she smiles her squinty smile and pulls herself up in your lap, only to rest her head on your shoulder and give you a hug. Despite the fact that her scalp is never safe from being pulled, she always shows affection towards her sister, crawling up behind her and resting her head on her back. She may be more reserved at times, but she’s a feisty one! She loves to laugh, clap, go for electrical cords, and has a habit kicking it into hyperdrive when she knows you’re after her. And she. Is. Fast.
Rachel can sign a few things like “more” and “all done.” She babbles constantly, mostly with “b” and “d” sounds, and can also say hi, bye bye, doggie, mama, and dada. She loves to walk while holding my hand (it took some convincing that she didn’t need to hold two hands), but still needs a little self confidence before she will stand for several seconds on her own, although I have seen her let go of the surface she is holding and test herself.
Pachey, don’t ever stop hugging!
The Classic Pachey Squint
These girls are the best. I can’t imagine my life without them, or even with just one of them. 15 months down, and a lifetime to go, and I hope the hugs and smiles never cease.